Specialist cancer nurse modelling for Macmillan

Published 8 September 2021


Specialist cancer nurses play a vital role in supporting people with cancer, but their numbers have not kept pace with growing demands. As cancer incidence increases across the UK, there is an urgent/ongoing need to expand the number of specialist cancer nurses working in the NHS.

Macmillan Cancer Support has been supporting nurses to become specialist cancer nurses for many years, but the NHS will need considerable additional investment from UK governments to expand the workforce to the extent needed. To help understand the scale of the need, Macmillan Cancer Support commissioned Edge Health to undertake modelling on the number of additional specialist cancer nurses required by 2030 and the funding needed for training.


Our modelling shows that an additional 3,371 specialist cancer nurses are needed in England by 2030, the training for which would cost £124 million. You can find more details of the work on Macmillan Cancer Support’s website here.




For further information please contact George on 07980804956 or george@edgehealth.co.uk


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